Why We Need Superheroes

Why We Need Superheroes

Yet, if we didn't have superhero comic books, we'd have to invent them. ... it is clear that, more than ever, we need heroes; moreover, given the range and severity of our crises, we don't just need heroes; we need superheroes.

Author: Jeffrey Kahan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476682723

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 273

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Comic books and superhero stories mirror essential societal values and beliefs. We can be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Ham, Black Panther or Rocket Raccoon through our everyday choices. We can't fly, fix hyper drives or hear human heartbeats a mile away, but we can think about what Matt Murdock would do in a conflict, how Superman would respond to natural disasters and how Captain America would handle humanitarian crises. This book analyzes the impact of dozens of comics by examining the noble personalities, traits and actions of the main characters. Chapters detail how superheroes, comic books and other pop culture phenomena offer more than pure entertainment, and how we can better model ourselves after our favorite heroes. Through our good deeds, quick thinking and positive choices, we can become more like superheroes than we ever imagined.
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Mythology of the Superhero

The Mythology of the Superhero

This work is not an examination of the genre of the superhero or a psychological examination of the how and why we need superheroes. Both ways of reading superheroes has been covered in several other books dealing with superheroes.

Author: Andrew R. Bahlmann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476625188

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Arrow and Beowulf—and discusses such diverse characters as Batman, Wolverine, Invincible and John Constantine.
Categories: Social Science

Why We Need Superheroes

Why We Need Superheroes

This book analyzes the impact of dozens of comics by examining the noble personalities, traits and actions of the main characters.

Author: Jeffrey Kahan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476644974

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 273

View: 278

Comic books and superhero stories mirror essential societal values and beliefs. We can be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Ham, Black Panther or Rocket Raccoon through our everyday choices. We can't fly, fix hyper drives or hear human heartbeats a mile away, but we can think about what Matt Murdock would do in a conflict, how Superman would respond to natural disasters and how Captain America would handle humanitarian crises. This book analyzes the impact of dozens of comics by examining the noble personalities, traits and actions of the main characters. Chapters detail how superheroes, comic books and other pop culture phenomena offer more than pure entertainment, and how we can better model ourselves after our favorite heroes. Through our good deeds, quick thinking and positive choices, we can become more like superheroes than we ever imagined.
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Hater

The Hater

We need superheroes. She said there are wants and needs in this world. Some things are wants, some things are needs. She said getting ice cream is a want. That is crazy talk, but I didn't tell her that. She also said superheroes are a ...

Author: William Winters

Publisher: Covenant Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781640037151

Category: Fiction

Page: 570

View: 987

This story explores a perceived world of chaos where order is perceived, absolutes where relativism is absolute, and love spawned from hatred. Paul Berkely, a journalist, is not aware that this perception exists, but he is forced to face it when his path is entwined with a man described as "The Hater."
Categories: Fiction

Superhero of Love

Superhero of Love

The world needs superheroes, so the fact that you even opened up to this book puts you on a direct path to making this world a better place. While love alone can do a world of good, we will need more than love to heal the world.

Author: Bridget Fonger

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781633411005

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 853

How to Heal a Broken Heart Discover the superhero within your own heart. Every women knows that sometimes, love hurts, and learning how to let go of lost love can seem impossible. You find yourself asking, "How do I live without you?" The good news is that inside each one of us is our very own love superhero. You can find the strength inside yourself to live and love like never before, and Superhero of Love will teach you how. Moving on after heartbreak is much easier when you use your five superpowers. You already have the power to get over your break up─to find happiness again. In Superhero of Love, expert author and writer Bridget Fonger shares her own personal experience of going through a painful breakup and shows you how to rediscover your deep connection to your own heart, the ultimate source of love in your life. Bridget's method reveals The Five Superpowers: • Super Sight – the courage to see clearly • Super Hearing – the ability to hear your highest truth • Super Humility – discovering your true place in the universe • Super Self-Love – the magic of being in love with you • Super Alignment – knowing the presence of the divine in all things Learn how to get over heartbreak and soar. Whether you’ve been burned by a recent breakup, are harboring old wounds, or find yourself thinking, “Is this as good as it gets?” Superhero of Love will help heal your broken heart and show you that we are all superheroes who are born to fly. In this book, you will discover: • Tools for strengthening your emotional resilience • How to break free from old patterns that keep you stuck • How to gain wisdom to empower you to be your mightiest self Readers of books on how to heal a broken heart like The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, How to Fix a Broken Heart, and This Is Me Letting You Go will find happiness again with Superhero of Love.
Categories: Self-Help

Mental Illness in Popular Media

Mental Illness in Popular Media

Why We Need Superheroes In their Myth ofthe American Superhero, John Lawrence and Robert Jewett suggested that contemporary superhero tales are no less than modernday mythological epics, which have had profound and important effects on ...

Author: Lawrence C. Rubin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786488636

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

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Whether in movies, cartoons, commercials, or even fast food marketing, psychology and mental illness remain pervasive in popular culture. In this collection of new essays, scholars from a range of fields explore representations of mental illness and disabilities across various media of popular culture. Contributors address how forms of psychiatric disorder have been addressed in film, on stage, and in literature, how popular culture genres are utilized to communicate often confusing and conflicted relationships with the mentally ill, and how popular cultures around the world reflect mental illness and disability. Analyses of sources as disparate as the Batman films, Broadway musicals and Nigerian home movies reveal how definitions of mental illness, mental health, and of psychology itself intersect with discourses on race, gender, law, capitalism, and globalization. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Categories: Social Science

What is a Superhero

What is a Superhero

Buffy has superpowers, but she doesn't have a costume. Batman has a costume, but doesn't have superpowers. What is the role of power and superpower? And what are supervillains and why do we need them?

Author: Robin S. Rosenberg PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199339525

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

View: 861

It's easy to name a superhero--Superman, Batman, Thor, Spiderman, the Green Lantern, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rorschach, Wolverine--but it's not so easy to define what a superhero is. Buffy has superpowers, but she doesn't have a costume. Batman has a costume, but doesn't have superpowers. What is the role of power and superpower? And what are supervillains and why do we need them? In What is a Superhero?, psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints, bringing together contributions from nineteen comic book experts--including both scholars in such fields as cultural studies, art, and psychology as well as leading comic book writers and editors. What emerges is a kaleidoscopic portrait of this most popular of pop-culture figures. Writer Jeph Loeb, for instance, sees the desire to make the world a better place as the driving force of the superhero. Jennifer K. Stuller argues that the female superhero inspires women to stand up, be strong, support others, and most important, to believe in themselves. More darkly, A. David Lewis sees the indestructible superhero as the ultimate embodiment of the American "denial of death," while writer Danny Fingeroth sees superheroes as embodying the best aspects of humankind, acting with a nobility of purpose that inspires us. Interestingly, Fingeroth also expands the definition of superhero so that it would include characters like John McClane of the Die Hard movies: "Once they dodge ridiculous quantities of machine gun bullets they're superheroes, cape or no cape." From summer blockbusters to best-selling graphic novels, the superhero is an integral part of our culture. What is a Superhero? not only illuminates this pop-culture figure, but also sheds much light on the fantasies and beliefs of the American people.
Categories: Psychology

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes

Beyond that, though, there are new frontiers I think we need to reach. We have to not only identify in these dozens of characters certain aspirational qualities that already lie dormant in us, ...

Author: Deepak Chopra

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062059673

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 817

“DeepakChopra has developed his own unique form of complementary, mind-body medicine.”—U.S. News & World Report Theworld needs heroes, and, as spiritual authority Deepak Chopra demonstrates inthis gripping and deeply perceptive meditation on our potential to excel, everyone of us possesses the power to help save the planet—and the strength to claimour best possible lives. For readers who draw inspiration from comic books andmovies like Ironman, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman, forthe Peter Parkers who wonder how to unlock their inner Spider-man, Choprailluminates the path to becoming a spiritual superhero, teaching us how towield the great power of the human heart to work real changes in ourselves andin the world around us.
Categories: Self-Help

Superheroes Are Everywhere

Superheroes Are Everywhere

In this joyful picture book that speaks directly to children, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us.

Author: Kamala Harris

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241528112

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 338

From US Vice President Kamala Harris comes a picture book with an empowering message - superheroes are all around us, and if we try, we can all be heroes too - including you! Now a #1 New York Times bestseller. Before Kamala Harris was elected to the vice presidency, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. When she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, amongst her friends, even down the street - there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed here that all you need to do to be a superhero is be the best that you can be. In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to children, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. With fun, engaging illustrations by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have young readers taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional).
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Superman on the Couch

Superman on the Couch

Why are so many of the superhero myths tied up with loss, often violent, of parents or parental figures?

Author: Danny Fingeroth

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826415393

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 192

View: 898

Why are so many of the superhero myths tied up with loss, often violent, of parents or parental figures? What is the significance of the dual identity? What makes some superhuman figures "good" and others "evil"? Why are so many of the prime superheroes white and male? How has the superhero evolved over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries? And how might the myths be changing? Why is it that the key superhero archetypes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men - touch primal needs and experiences in everyone? Why has the superhero moved beyond the pages of comics into other media? All these topics, and more, are covered in this lively and original exploration of the reasons why the superhero - in comic books, films, and TV - is such a potent myth for our times and culture.>
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels